Kim Chestney is an author, artist and the founding director of the CREATE! Festival and the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Creative Industries Network. She has spent the last twenty years exploring the concepts of Intuition and Creativity, in regards to cultural and personal transformation. Her book, The Psychic Workshop: A Complete Program for Fulfilling Your Spiritual Potential, has been published around the world and translated to four different languages.

Each year, Kim brings together over 100 artists, performers, speakers, spiritual motivators and creatives with over 1000 festival attendees at the CREATE! Festival, to share creativity and new ideas at the two-day festival in Pittsburgh, PA. For over a decade, Kim has been establishing programs to empower creatives at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, including: the Co-CREATE Business Ignition Program for Creative Entrepreneurs; the Creative Clash, Design Matters, and DIY Business Building event series; Innovation City, an innovation party at SXSW Interactive with Carnegie Mellon University; and Inclusion, Innovation and Integrative Design, a Creative Industries Research Studies with Richard Florida’s research team at the University of Toronto. 

Since 1998, Kim has been the President of Mystic Studios, Inc., a company she launched for for creative and intuitive empowerment. She leads creativity and holistic Intuition workshops and talks focused on self-actualization ~ for body, mind, heart and spirit. She has studied and lived around the globe, earning degrees in Art, English and Philosophy, with an ecumenical MS in Metaphysics and PhD in Comparative Religion. She has been a long-time student of Paramahansa Yogananda, and his Kriya Yoga Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles. In addition, she serves on several boards, holds Interfaith Ministerial Ordination, Intuitive Counseling Certifications and Reiki Mastership. 

When not roaming the world, Kim lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, dog, cat and two daughters.


Life isn't supposed to be easy. It's a growth process, an evolution. In my life, I rarely find myself on the easy path, but I have never given up. And have lived a life of adventure, full of love. 

It's my mission to share this passion for life and creative expression in the best way that I can -- writing; making art; trying to help other people follow their bliss and actualize their dreams. And, most importantly, striving to live by example.

Early on, I realized that Intuition and Creativity, together, are fundamental forces of self- and world-transformation. Our Intuition guides on what to do; and, through Creativity, we are are moved to do it.

Without either in our lives, we die -- die to positive change, to innovation, to peace. Intuit or die. We choose to honor our inner guidance, and live meaningful lives that make this world a better place for everyone.

Steve Jobs gave a copy of Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi to every new employee at Apple. Both of these (seemingly diametrically-opposed) cultural icons revered Intuition, and recognized its crucial role for humanity.

Whether we are innovating new culture, or transforming our spirits ~ or both ~ Intuition is the best kept secret of our existence. It's time we all discover the power we hold within.